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Transferase PDB id
Protein chain
221 a.a. *
ABY ×2
_CL ×2
Waters ×528
* Residue conservation analysis
PDB id:
Name: Transferase
Title: Crystal structure of human glutathione transferase (gst) a1- 1 t68e mutant in complex with decarboxy-glutathione
Structure: Glutathione s-transferase a1. Chain: a, b. Synonym: gth1, ha subunit 1, gst-epsilon, gsta1-1, gst class-alpha. Engineered: yes. Mutation: yes
Source: Homo sapiens. Human. Organism_taxid: 9606. Expressed in: escherichia coli. Expression_system_taxid: 562
Biol. unit: Dimer (from PQS)
1.80Å     R-factor:   0.165     R-free:   0.200
Authors: E.Grahn,E.Jakobsson,A.Gustafsson,L.Grehn,B.Olin,M.Wahlberg, D.Madsen,G.J.Kleywegt,B.Mannervik
Key ref:
E.Grahn et al. (2006). New crystal structures of human glutathione transferase A1-1 shed light on glutathione binding and the conformation of the C-terminal helix. Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr, 62, 197-207. PubMed id: 16421451 DOI: 10.1107/S0907444905039296
06-Jun-03     Release date:   22-Jun-04    
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Protein chains
Pfam   ArchSchema ?
P08263  (GSTA1_HUMAN) -  Glutathione S-transferase A1
222 a.a.
221 a.a.*
Key:    PfamA domain  Secondary structure  CATH domain
* PDB and UniProt seqs differ at 2 residue positions (black crosses)

 Enzyme reactions 
   Enzyme class: E.C.  - Glutathione transferase.
[IntEnz]   [ExPASy]   [KEGG]   [BRENDA]
      Reaction: RX + glutathione = HX + R-S-glutathione
Bound ligand (Het Group name = ABY)
matches with 58.00% similarity
= HX
+ R-S-glutathione
Molecule diagrams generated from .mol files obtained from the KEGG ftp site
 Gene Ontology (GO) functional annotation 
  GO annot!
  Cellular component     cytoplasm   3 terms 
  Biological process     metabolic process   6 terms 
  Biochemical function     transferase activity     2 terms  


DOI no: 10.1107/S0907444905039296 Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr 62:197-207 (2006)
PubMed id: 16421451  
New crystal structures of human glutathione transferase A1-1 shed light on glutathione binding and the conformation of the C-terminal helix.
E.Grahn, M.Novotny, E.Jakobsson, A.Gustafsson, L.Grehn, B.Olin, D.Madsen, M.Wahlberg, B.Mannervik, G.J.Kleywegt.
Human glutathione transferase A1-1 is a well studied enzyme, but despite a wealth of structural and biochemical data a number of aspects of its catalytic function are still poorly understood. Here, five new crystal structures of this enzyme are described that provide several insights. Firstly, the structure of a complex of the wild-type human enzyme with glutathione was determined for the first time at 2.0 angstroms resolution. This reveals that glutathione binds in the G site in a very similar fashion as the glutathione portion of substrate analogues in other structures and also that glutathione binding alone is sufficient to stabilize the C-terminal helix of the protein. Secondly, we have studied the complex with a decarboxylated glutathione conjugate that is known to dramatically decrease the activity of the enzyme. The T68E mutant of human glutathione transferase A1-1 recovers some of the activity that is lost with the decarboxylated glutathione, but our structures of this mutant show that none of the earlier explanations of this phenomenon are likely to be correct. Thirdly, and serendipitously, the apo structures also reveal the conformation of the crucial C-terminal region that is disordered in all previous apo structures. The C-terminal region can adopt an ordered helix-like structure even in the apo state, but shows a strong tendency to unwind. Different conformations of the C-terminal regions were observed in the apo states of the two monomers, which suggests that cooperativity could play a role in the activity of the enzyme.
  Selected figure(s)  
Figure 2.
Figure 2 Crystal structure of human GST A1-1 with only glutathione bound. (a) The homodimer shown in a ribbon representation. The view is along the twofold axis that relates the two subunits. (b) The A subunit with secondary-structure elements labelled. Figs. 2, 3 and 4 were created using Swiss-PDB Viewer 3.7 (Guex & Peitsch, 1997 [Guex, N. & Peitsch, M. C. (1997). Electrophoresis, 18, 2714-2723.]) and POV-Ray 3.6 for Windows ( ).
Figure 5.
Figure 5 Superposition of the C-terminal regions of various GST A1-1 structures. (a) Eight different GST A1-1 structures (16 monomers; PDB codes 1guh , 1gse and 1gsf , as well as the five structures reported here) were superimposed (using the C^ atoms of residues 2-209). Four structures with a glutathione conjugate bound are shown in red, the two apo structures in yellow, the structure with only glutathione bound in blue and the structure with ethacrynic acid bound in green. (b) Superposition of the C-terminal regions of the two apo structures presented here. A monomers are shown in red and B monomers in yellow. Figs. 5 and 6 were created with PyMOL ( ).
  The above figures are reprinted by permission from the IUCr: Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr (2006, 62, 197-207) copyright 2006.  
  Figures were selected by an automated process.  

Literature references that cite this PDB file's key reference

  PubMed id Reference
  21401344 L.M.Balogh, and W.M.Atkins (2011).
Interactions of glutathione transferases with 4-hydroxynonenal.
  Drug Metab Rev, 43, 165-178.  
20085333 L.M.Balogh, I.Le Trong, K.A.Kripps, L.M.Shireman, R.E.Stenkamp, W.Zhang, B.Mannervik, and W.M.Atkins (2010).
Substrate specificity combined with stereopromiscuity in glutathione transferase A4-4-dependent metabolism of 4-hydroxynonenal.
  Biochemistry, 49, 1541-1548.
PDB codes: 3ik7 3ik9
19618965 L.M.Balogh, I.Le Trong, K.A.Kripps, K.Tars, R.E.Stenkamp, B.Mannervik, and W.M.Atkins (2009).
Structural analysis of a glutathione transferase A1-1 mutant tailored for high catalytic efficiency with toxic alkenals.
  Biochemistry, 48, 7698-7704.
PDB codes: 3i69 3i6a
18792041 D.F.Dourado, P.A.Fernandes, B.Mannervik, and M.J.Ramos (2008).
Glutathione transferase: new model for glutathione activation.
  Chemistry, 14, 9591-9598.  
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